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Group8asia Nears Completion on "Verdant Urban Oasis" in Singapore

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
Group8asia Nears Completion on "Verdant Urban Oasis" in Singapore, Current Construction Aerial. Image © Darren Soh
Current Construction Aerial. Image © Darren Soh

Group8asia is nearing completion on a first-prize winning proposal that is meant to revive the concept of public housing in Singapore. The Punggol Waterway Terraces, so named for the river on which they’re set, will be a sustainable community that aims to echo the utopic exuberance of Singapore’s first housing developments in the 1970s. Arranged around central courtyards, these high-rise apartments hope to create a sleek, graceful skyline that contrasts with the verdant greenery of their landscape.

Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects, © Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos +16

  • Architects

    Buerger Katsota Architects
  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Stephanos Conidaris, Flavian Lekkas, Francisco Serodio, Mladen Stamenic
  • Consultants

    Panagiotis Panagotopoulos (structural engineers), TETRAS AE (m/e engineers), Greenways (landscape architects) L+DG (lighting architects)
  • Area

    840.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AD Round Up: Classics in Brick

11:00 - 30 January, 2015
AD Round Up: Classics in Brick, Colònia Güell / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Samuel Ludwig
Colònia Güell / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Samuel Ludwig

As one of the most ubiquitous forms of construction, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the humble brick. However, this prosaic building method can also be one of the most versatile materials available to architects, thanks to the experimentation of countless architects who, for centuries, have worked to create new forms of expression with the simple material. In this round up, we celebrate architects who, with their architectural classics, have expanded the possibilities of brick craft: Antoni Gaudí's fantastical vaulting at Colònia Güell and Alvar Aalto's experimental brick patterning at his house in Muuratsalo; the powerful brick piers of Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo's Knights of Columbus Building and the Catalan vaults of Porro, Garatti and Gattardi's National Arts School of Cuba; and finally, what brick round up would be complete without the brick-whisperer himself - Louis Kahn and his all-brick fortress for the Indian Institute of Management.

Muuratsalo Experimental House / Alvar Aalto. Image © Nico Saieh Knights of Columbus Building / Kevin Roche & John Dinkeloo. Image © Flickr: username- sftrajan The National Art Schools of Cuba / Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi. Image © Norma Barbacci/World Monuments Fund Indian Institute of Management / Louis Kahn. Image © Wikimedia Commons +7

Centre Pompidou Considers Libourne Outpost

00:00 - 30 January, 2015
Centre Pompidou Considers Libourne Outpost, © Francis Toussaint
© Francis Toussaint

The south west French city of Libourne may soon get its own pop-up Pompidou. Reports indicate that the Libourne satellite outpost would be similar to the one currently underway in Malaga, Spain (soon to open in March 2015). If the deal is passed, the city would host the museum outpost in a former 40,000-square-meter military academy, though renovation costs are excepted run high - nearing €6 million. The city's mayor Philippe Buisson is reaching out to regional and national authorities requesting financial assistance. 

A Modern "Kibbutz" House / Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
A Modern "Kibbutz" House / Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design, © Yoav Gurin
© Yoav Gurin

© Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin +21

AI sport / Leaf Architects Studio

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
AI sport / Leaf Architects Studio, Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio
Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio

Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Theodoros Gazotzis
  • Collaborators

    Pavlos Tsemperlidis
  • Area

    106.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Apartment Building in Deinokratous Street, Athens / Giorgos Aggelis

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Apartment Building in Deinokratous Street, Athens / Giorgos Aggelis, © H. Louizidis
© H. Louizidis

© H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kolonaki, Athens 106 75, Greece
  • Design Team

    Anthi Verykiou Charis Laspas, Daphne Karaiskaki, Sofia Kondylia
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Vilnius SPA - Anykščiai / SP Architektu Grupe

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Vilnius SPA - Anykščiai / SP Architektu Grupe, © Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė
© Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė

© Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė © Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė © Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė © Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Anykščiai, Lithuania
  • Design Team

    Saulius Pamerneckis, Vytautas Pliadis, Marius Bliujus, Vitalijus Rudokas, Gintė Pamerneckienė
  • Project Year

    2014

Archiculture Interviews: Maurice Cox

00:00 - 30 January, 2015

"Your interaction with architecture can either uplift you or depress you." In this latest Archiculture interview from Arbuckle Industries, Maurice Cox discusses the potential of architecture's atmospheric qualities to influence our daily lives. The professor, designer, dean, and former politician expresses his opinions on the intersection of politics and design in both the United States and abroad, arguing the importance of public input on creating inspirational architecture. Additionally, Cox reflects on how the process of transitioning from education to professional practice has changed for today's emerging designers.

The Urbanist's Guide to the World

00:00 - 30 January, 2015
The Urbanist's Guide to the World, via The Guardian
via The Guardian

A compilation of all posts in the "Urbanist's Guide to..." series from Guardian Cities, "The Urbanist's Guide to the World" takes readers to cities across the globe. Penned by local bloggers in cities from Manila to Sao PauloTehran to New Orleans, the vignettes are supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and cover everything from "best" and "worst buildings" to cleanliness, soundscapes, and "the best place for a conversation." You can view the interactive guide here.

Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s)

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s), Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Combo Competitions' latest ideas challenge asks participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which seeks to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Gleisdreieck Park / Atelier LOIDL

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Gleisdreieck Park / Atelier LOIDL, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yorckstraße, Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Felix Schwarz, Andreas Lipp
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

INTECS SPA Headquarters / Modostudio + Studio Cattinari

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
INTECS SPA Headquarters / Modostudio + Studio Cattinari, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

Courtesy of Modostudio © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +23

Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten, © Walter Ebenhofer
© Walter Ebenhofer

© Walter Ebenhofer © Walter Ebenhofer © Walter Ebenhofer © Walter Ebenhofer +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Haratzmüllerstraße 41, 4400 Steyr, Austria
  • Collaborators

    Hans Sikora, Hinterndorfer Bau GesmbH
  • Area

    790.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

A First Look at the Shortlisted Bristol Arena Proposals

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
A First Look at the Shortlisted Bristol Arena Proposals, Team A. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Team A. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Grimshaw, IDOM, Populous, Feilden Clegg BradleyWhite Arkitekter and Wilkinson Eyre are among five international design teams who've been recently shortlisted in a RIBA-organized competition to design the £90 million Bristol Arena, a 12,000-seat indoor entertainment venue set to open by 2017. At this point, the proposals remain anonymous and the public is being asked for their opinion. A judging panel, that includes the Mayor of Bristol, will review the public commentary and designs before selecting a team in March. Take a look at the projects and share your thoughts, after the break. 

Team B. Image Courtesy of RIBA Team C. Image Courtesy of RIBA Team D. Image Courtesy of RIBA Team E. Image Courtesy of RIBA +5

AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Increased Spending

00:00 - 30 January, 2015
AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Increased Spending

This week, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released the results of its first Consensus Construction Forecast of the year. The forecast is compiled based on predictions of the industry's leading forecasters and is conducted bi-annually to anticipate shifting business conditions in the construction industry. The dominant trend in this forecast (projected for 2015 and 2016) is an overall increase in spending in the construction sector.

Architecture vs. PR: The Media Motivations of the Guggenheim Helsinki

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Architecture vs. PR: The Media Motivations of the Guggenheim Helsinki, One of the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki competition. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
One of the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki competition. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

More than ever, the media shapes architecture. The controversial Helsinki Guggenheim competition is as much about the use and exploitation of contemporary media as it is about design. The competition organisers are hugely proud to have over 1,700 entries to tweet about, but informed critics are less impressed. Has quantity ever guaranteed quality?

The competition has certainly created an impact. Some celebrate this, while others feel it has been detrimental to the profession, with so much unpaid time invested resulting in a low-level contribution to museum design.

Meanwhile, the spectre of Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim, an “iconic” building that gave the American foundation so much positive publicity when it opened in 1997, haunts the Helsinki project. Finnish politicians hope for a similar success, a Sydney Opera postcard effect in this remote corner of the earth.

Kindergarten “Tesla - Science for life” / DVA STUDIO

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Kindergarten “Tesla - Science for life” / DVA STUDIO, © Relja Ivanić
© Relja Ivanić

© Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Novi Beograd, Serbia
  • Architect in Charge

    Aleksandru Vuja, Milan Djurić, Milka Gnjato
  • Area

    1890.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs